What is the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program?
The Section 8 HCV Program is a HUD regulated, federally funded, subsidized-rental program that allows recipients of a voucher to rent safe and sanitary housing in the private sector. The voucher holder pays part of the rent, which is determined by the household's monthly adjusted gross income, the rent Payment Standard for the area, and the apartment's rent. The tenant is not allowed to pay more than 40% of their gross income towards the rent and utilities on an initial lease-up, but must pay at least 30% of their gross income. The Brookline Housing Authority administers the voucher and, with funds received from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), pays the remainder of the rent amount directly to the landlord. The HCV recipient may use the voucher to find a unit in any part of the United States, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.
For a more detailed explanation HCV program, please check out HUD's HCV Fact Sheet.